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What Expenses Nannies Should Pay For

Tighten Your Purse Strings, Parents Think Nannies Should Pay!

Childcare is costly, but in some cases so is being a nanny! We asked LilSugar readers to chime in on who should pay for everything from food to movie tickets, and a number of moms had their nannies picking up the tab. Here's what they said:

  • Even if the nanny cooks meals for the family, six percent of LilSugar readers said she should pay for her own food.
  • The nanny may shuttle the kids in her own car, but 26 percent of LilSugar readers said she should also pick up the tab for wear and tear, maintenance, and gas.
  • Nanny wants a diaper bag? Then six percent of LilSugar readers believe that she should buy one.
  • Kids love to go out and about to movies, museums, and events, but 14 percent of LilSugar readers said that the nanny should pay her own admission.
  • When a nanny buys her charges a small trinket or treat, 65 percent of LilSugar readers believe the cost should come out of her own pocket.
  • There are daily expenses that come with having kids and 24 percent of LilSugar readers think the nanny should cover them and then be reimbursed.
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OliviaNewton OliviaNewton 5 years
But Anonymoussh-- isn't it typical for, say, a company to pay for its employees' meals when they have a lunch meeting? Have you ever heard of a per diem? It's one thing if nannying isn't a live-in gig, maybe a few hours a day. But when nannying is like housekeeping and you're expected to be there all the time, when/how would you have time to take care of food on your own?
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
Holy cheapskate! I don't think parents should have to pay for car maintenance, but other than that, I think all the above expenses should be covered for nannies. I can't believe 65% of the people think that Nannies should have to pay for small trinkets or treats. If it's for your kid, YOU should be paying!
KrisB KrisB 5 years
I work in at Nordstrom in the children's department. Most of the nannies that come in pay with credit cards their boss has given them for expenses. If you can't cover all expenses your nanny will encounter while taking care of your child then you can't afford a nanny.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I'm glad the percentages were relatively low! I guess the one thing I understand is not paying for car maintenance if the car is used for things other than transporting your children. Ideally, I think the parents should provide a car for the nanny to drive when she had the children, but if that's not possible, they should (at the very least) pay for gas. I also think a mileage payment would work.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Poor nannies! Glad I decided not to become one.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
I find this amusing. Finding a good nanny is really time consuming, and once you find her, you do your best to keep her happy so she doesn't get stolen at the play ground. We had nannies when our girls were younger (under 9) because our oldest is severely autistic. I had each of them hired away by sweeter deals, and we paid $20 an hour, medical, meals, and clothing allowance. She never had all 3 girls. Either she had the 2 typically developing girls, or my daughter that had autism. Your kids grow to love the nanny. When one leaves it's very difficult because your child loses someone they love. Easy to say "pay for your own lunch", when you have no idea what that might cause down the road.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Wow, this is shocking to me. #5, you say "Again, my job doesn't foot the bill if I choose to take a co worker/friend out for lunch or pick up a little something for someone at work like a coffee or card or such." But if you took a client out to lunch then your work would cover it. This isn't about picking up ice cream for a friend, if you are a nanny the child is one of your clients.
sourcherries sourcherries 5 years
Umm, no. Having a nanny is a luxury and if you aren't prepared to pay for her (or him) to do things to take care of YOUR children, then you aren't prepared to have a nanny.
Erika-Giselle Erika-Giselle 5 years
this makes no sense...how can you hire someone to take care of your kids by driving them to school, cooking for them, cleaning up after them, and entertaining them...then ask them to pay for all of it...seriously?!
NadiaR NadiaR 5 years
NO WAY an nanny should pay!! That's absolutely unfair to the nanny! I work as a nanny and my boss just bought me a bracelet from persona for all my work. I love persona products (http://www.personaworld.com) and she new that. If i take her child to the movies she always makes sure I have the right amount of money with me and thats how it should be!!! The world is bad if people have to pay to work.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
This is crazy. It's her JOB - she shouldn't have to PAY to do it. If she's spending time with the children or providing them treats, she should be completely 100% covered - she shouldn't have to pay money from her own pocket to care for your children! I could see if she had different views from the parent and was always trying to spend lots of money, but in that case, there needs to be a discussion, and she needs to work within the parent's budget, but honestly, this is ridiculous to think the nanny should foot the bill for things like taking a kid to the movies or buying a kid a candy treat. Would she be going to that movie if it weren't for the fact that she's taking your child there? Would she be buying a candy treat for your kid, if your kid was being babysat by someone else? Seriously people. Does your boss make you buy your own staples or buy his lunch for you? No.
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